Since I have been asked a few different times about which high school credits can be earned using Illuminations, I thought I would do a write up of a few examples.
My oldest son graduated last year and attends college majoring in Atmospheric Science and GIS.
My daughter is a junior in high school and plans to attend our local college to become a pastry chef.
I mention their career choices to point out their high school transcripts look completely different even though they used the same program.
Personally I like to work backwards on high school credits. I look at what they need to graduate and what their college of choice requires. Once I know what is expected then I look at how courses offered in Illuminations can fulfill the requirements.
Big picture approach to Illuminations and High School credits:
The two main high school credits in Illuminations are English and history. I love all the options with Illuminations to fulfill the history requirements.
Illuminations 1,2,3 and 6 fulfill a world history requirement. You can label them Ancient History or Modern History depending on which volumes of The Mystery of History you chose to complete. Yes, with 6 years of Illuminations and 4 years of high school, you are going to have to chose which levels you want to use.
Then you can decide if you want to do All American History both volumes in a year or just one of the volumes in a year. Since our state only requires one American history credit my son did both volumes in year and my daughter completed volume two in a year. My son completed his government class the same year as his American history, my daughter did not have room in her schedule so will be completing it this coming school year.
By using a combination of the literature study guides, writing assignments, and vocabulary my kids can fulfill their English credit. I do have my high school kids complete Easy Grammar for the high school levels; I want to keep things fresh in their minds for SAT testing.
Since my children have chosen to attend secular colleges I do not worry about tracking bible credits. They do complete bible reading and studies; we just chose not to document them.
Since most states require a ½ credit or 1 credit of geography I would select which high school year to complete the class. My son completed geography in his junior year and my daughter in her freshman year. Illuminations has many options on fulfilling this credit. My kids used North Star Geography. Of course it was the beta version, but the famous Tyler Hogan was their teacher.
The Life 101 Series can be documented in a couple of different ways. Sometimes I add selections to other credits. Discovering God’s Way to Handling Money I put with their economics credit. Others I have lumped together for ½ credit in career exploration.
Some of the 101 series we have completed just to have the knowledge before heading off to college. My favorite book is 1001 Things Every Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home: (Or Else They’ll Come Back)
This book sparked some great discussions and laughs with my son.
I do enjoy using the supplemental lists for adding hours to history and English credits. I like that they are arranged by lesson in Illuminations.
Grab a copy of your state requirements and a copy of the courses offered in Illuminations and begin the planning stage of your student’s high school career. You can do this!